Donald Trump: reality TV star, billionaire, and also the 45th President of the United States. On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump won the highest seat in the country, which so many begged — pleaded — to not come true. While Trump’s supporters brought out the red, white and blue banners following his controversial win, the very loud outrage seen all over social media did not go unnoticed. Countless people — from all over the world — professed their anger, sadness and especially confusion with the results of the 2016 presidential election, including celebrities. Katy Perry, a famous American pop singer who repeatedly showed support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, reminded Americans to not feel defeated over the election, tweeting: “Do not sit still. Do not weep.” Although that election was quite possibly the most talked about election most of us have ever seen, the shock of so many indicated that other underlying reasons played a bigger role in why Trump won. But why was the turnout of the 2020 presidential election so different from that one? Was the fear of keeping Trump in office the ammunition of this year’s surge in political promotions on the internet? Or did Trump lose followers over the past four years with his careless, money-driven, white supremacist self? I personally believe both played a role in Biden convincingly beating Trump.
The countless disrespectful remarks Trump has spat at others, especially women, and the lack of political experience behind him definitely called for a loss, so imagine the shock on my naive 13-year-old self’s face when I found out Clinton lost to him. And I was not alone. Researchers at Pew Research Center conducted a poll where an astounding 73% of voters, including ones in support of Trump, felt shocked when they learned of Trump’s win. During Trump’s presidential term, he not only frequently used discriminatory ideology against minorities but also disregarded issues that demanded his attention, such as police brutality, climate change, and so on. According to American Progress Action Fund, Trump, in a speech that took place in 2017, encouraged officers to have a more violent approach to handling lawbreakers or even just potential offenders: “Please don’t be too nice.” Jeremy Venook beautifully explains in the article, “Trump’s Record on Police Brutality and Peaceful Protests: Making the Problem Worse” that Trump does not look to solve issues for the sake of protecting civilians, but rather how to silence the hurt. Additionally, Trump has gone on record multiple times expressing very little care for the coronavirus outbreak. Just earlier this year, in a speech at a resort in Florida, he responded to a reporter who asked how worried he was about the rising number of cases of COVID in Washington, D.C. with the following: “No, I’m not concerned at all.” Trump’s tendency to not take action when the time calls for it became clearer throughout his term; therefore, people, regardless of what political party they identified with, realized that Trump should not be the voice of the American people.
Although the argument that Trump had potential as a visionary to improve America in many ways has valid aspects to it, like his understanding of the simplicity of smuggling illegal substances from countries bordering the U.S., Trump’s continuous negligence significantly hurts the very system Americans have spent centuries trying to build. Lots of Trump’s defenders still to this day actively fail to acknowledge the undeniable truth of Trump’s poor handling of his presidency; however their voices are fortunately overwhelmed as the fight against Trump is louder, which shows as we now have a new president.